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Montrose, Michigan
City of Montrose
Main Street (now M-57) in 1912
Main Street (now M-57) in 1912
Location within Genesee County
Location within Genesee County
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Coordinates: 43°10′41″N 83°53′38″W / 43.17806°N 83.89389°W / 43.17806; -83.89389
Country United States
State Michigan
County Genesee
Settled 1842
Incorporated 1899 (village)
1980 (city)
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 0.98 sq mi (2.53 km2)
 • Land 0.98 sq mi (2.53 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
673 ft (205 m)
 • Total 1,657
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,585.47/sq mi (612.36/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-55280
GNIS feature ID 0632609

Montrose is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,657 at the 2010 census. Once part of the surrounding Montrose Township, the city itself incorporated in 1980, and both are now administered autonomously.


Main Street (now M-57) in 1912.

George Washington Ensign, originally from Stafford, New York, and family, became the first white residents of present-day Montrose Township in the spring of 1842. Organized in 1847 as Pewonagowink Township, after the area's former Ojibwe reservation of the same name, the township adopted its current name a few years later. Credit for the name change is ascribed to John Farquharson, a Scottish immigrant and township supervisor. The village of Montrose was incorporated from a portion of the township in 1899.

Montrose today is supported by local agriculture and commuter traffic to the greater Flint area. It has its own school system. Since 1972, it has held the Montrose Blueberry Festival annually, every third weekend in August. Its Montrose Historical & Telephone Pioneer Museum is Michigan's only telephone museum with hands on working exhibits of antique telephones.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.98 square miles (2.54 km2), all land. The Flint River flows through Montrose.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 348
1910 443 27.3%
1920 522 17.8%
1930 621 19.0%
1940 675 8.7%
1950 937 38.8%
1960 1,466 56.5%
1970 1,789 22.0%
1980 1,706 −4.6%
1990 1,811 6.2%
2000 1,619 −10.6%
2010 1,657 2.3%
2019 (est.) 1,549 −6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,657 people, 668 households, and 429 families living in the city. The population density was 1,690.8 inhabitants per square mile (652.8/km2). There were 726 housing units at an average density of 740.8 per square mile (286.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.7% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 668 households, of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.8% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 36.4 years. 27.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.


M-57 runs east and west through the city.

Notable people

  • Scott Aldred, former Major League Baseball pitcher and current Minor League pitching coach, graduated in 1986 from Hill-McCloy High School in Montrose
  • Amanda Carpenter, author, speechwriter and Fox News Channel political commentator, was born in Montrose
  • John D. Cherry, Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (2003–2011) grew up in Montrose.
  • William Andrew Streeter: From Genesee NY, first postmaster of Montrose. One of the founders of Genesee County.
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